Interconnected For Operation And/or Integral Patents (Class 222/484)
  • Patent number: 10524597
    Abstract: A lid may include first and second openings disposed within a spout. The first opening may provide a first fluid pathway to a fluid disposed in an attached container and the second opening may provide a second fluid pathway to a fluid disposed in the container. The lid may also include a spout at least partially defined by an outer wall. First and second openings may be disposed within the spout and the openings may be at least partially defined by the outer wall of the spout. A conduit, such as a straw, may be coupled to an opening. If desired, a closure may be connected to the lid and the closure may selectively close one or more of the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Runway Blue, LLC
    Inventors: Steven M Sorensen, David O Meyers
  • Patent number: 10308405
    Abstract: A lid body of a lid apparatus includes a spout opening defined in the lid body; a handle opposite the spout opening; and a vent opening defined in the lid body between the spout opening and the handle. The lid apparatus also includes an elongate pin slidably received in the body and translatable between a closed position and an open position. The elongate pin includes a spout sealing end in sealing contact with the lid body to close the spout opening in the closed position; an actuating end opposite the spout sealing end; and a vent sealing portion in sealing contact with the lid body to close the vent opening in the closed position. A resilient member biases the elongate pin into the closed position. An actuator disposed on the handle and connected to the actuating end may be pulled to pull the elongate pin into the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Des-Case Corporation
    Inventors: Nikhil Rajkumar Gaikwad, Cody Curtsinger, Keith Mawdsley, Michelle Lynn Arceneaux, Jonathan Haworth
  • Patent number: 9821937
    Abstract: Universal fluid dispensing container cap assemblies having a closure in which is disposed an integrated externally pointing LED light, a battery power source, circuit with switch actuatable to automatically turn-ON the LED when the cap closure is actuated to open an aperture for portion dispensing. This permits one-handed dispensing in low light environments. The LED may be located in or on the cap lid, so that it is automatically oriented to point in the direction of dispensing and at the surface location on which the dispensing is directed, in order to illuminate the target area so that the contents are accurately disposed directly from the container in terms of target location and amount. In Pop-up cap embodiments, the LED may be positioned to shine through a clear cap wall or positioned on the cap exterior, pointing in the direction of the target area. White or colored LEDs may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: FLIP-LIGHTS, LLC
    Inventors: James Aaron Staeben, Erin M. Staeben
  • Patent number: 9776778
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device (10) for emptying a canister (12) with a nozzle (14) with a first opening (16), comprising an adapter (18) to be at least partially arranged inside the nozzle (14), in particular inside the first opening (16), a connector (34) connectable to the adapter (18) for connecting a suction machine to the adapter (18), and a reclosable fitment (36) comprising a first fitment part (38) and a second fitment part (40), wherein the first fitment part (36) is arranged on the adapter (18) and the second fitment (40) part is arranged on the connector (34). Thus, the safety of handling an emptied canister (12) with a residue fluid may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Haworth, Thomas Mai
  • Patent number: 9573738
    Abstract: A beverage container cap is revealed. The beverage container cap includes a cap body movably disposed on top of a beverage container, a waterproof gasket fixed on bottom of a valve seat with a chamber, and a pivot valve mounted in the chamber of the valve seat. A liquid through hole and at least one vent are arranged at the waterproof gasket. When a hemispherical pivot part of the pivot valve is pivotally rotated within the chamber of the valve seat to make the beverage container cap in a closed or open state, at least one lug on the hemispherical pivot part is pressed against or away from the vent of the waterproof gasket. Thereby pressure in the beverage container is equal to the pressure of the atmosphere outside while beverage in the container flows out. Thus users can drink the beverage from the container smoothly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: SARA ROSE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: James Lai
  • Patent number: 9573752
    Abstract: A vessel body has an interior cavity in which a liquid is to be contained, an upper hole that communicates with the interior cavity, and a lower hole that communicates with the interior cavity. A spring inside the vessel body is in a pre-loaded condition and that also plugs the upper hole and the lower hole. When the liquid is to be dispensed, the spring is further loaded to thereby simultaneously vent through the upper hole and pour through the lower hole. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: DRINK SAPORÉ INC.
    Inventors: Stephen D. Bond, Ian Goldey
  • Patent number: 9321623
    Abstract: A Sabbath compliant water dispenser, which comprises a hot water chamber, a heating element that is positioned in the hot water chamber for heating a body of water which is retained within the hot water chamber and a tap, through which hot water is dispensable. The water dispenser is controlled by a controller which is operable in a Sabbath mode to command the heating element to maintain the body of water at an essentially constant temperature which is near to scalding temperature and to command introduction of unheated water into the hot water chamber, when a low water level condition is detected. This way, overheating of the heating element is prevented, while also preventing the introduced water from being dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Zuri Naaman Victor, Ltd.
    Inventors: Raoven Raoven, Gidon Ben-Moshe
  • Patent number: 9168526
    Abstract: A hinged cap for engaging a housing of a diagnostic device comprises a central body; two arms extending from opposing sides of one end of said central body, said arms being substantially parallel; each of said arms comprising a cap hinge member for engaging a housing hinge member on said housing, wherein said cap hinge member and said housing hinge member define a hinge axis around which said cap is pivotable between an open and a closed position with respect to said housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: ZBx Corporation
    Inventors: Qinwei Shi, Florian Eckhardt
  • Patent number: 9089865
    Abstract: An atomizer device for use in discharging a liquid into or on the body of the patient, the device having reusable and disposable components designed to safely and automatically prevent pathogens contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Alcove Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John K. Bullock, G. Allen Allred, Jeff Bullock
  • Patent number: 9038862
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of pumps, refill units and dispensers are disclosed herein. Some embodiments include a container for holding a fluid and a pump housing secured to the container. The pump housing includes an annular collar for securing the pump housing to the container. The pump housing includes an air chamber and a vent valve located at least partially within the air chamber. One or more air passageways are provided in the collar for providing air to the air chamber. A compressible liquid pump chamber is also located in the housing. The exemplary embodiment includes a liquid inlet valve for allowing liquid to flow from the container into the compressible pump chamber; and a liquid outlet valve located downstream of the pump chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. McNulty, Nick E. Ciavarella, Robert L. Quinlan, Cory J. Tederous
  • Patent number: 9010952
    Abstract: A cap for a liquor bottle can have an upper wall, a cylindrical outer wall and an internally threaded inner wall configured to be secured to an externally threaded neck of a liquor bottle. The cap can include a spout pivotally coupled to the upper wall comprising first and second parallel internal passageways extending longitudinally through the spout and configured to pivot between an open position and a closed position. An annular light ring can be positioned between the outer and inner walls and can include light sources configured to emit light downwardly toward an annular shoulder of the liquor bottle. The light sources can emit light in various different manners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Edge Beverage 2 LLC
    Inventors: Chris Lenahan, Danny Mills, Lyle Andrew Ramsdell
  • Publication number: 20150102054
    Abstract: A fuel container includes a container, a spout, an outlet valve, an air intake valve, and an actuator. The spout is coupled to the container at a bottom end portion of the container. The outlet valve is positioned at the bottom end portion and operable to control fluid flow into the spout. The air intake valve is positioned at a top end portion of the container. The actuator is operable to open both the outlet valve and the air intake valve concurrently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Brad C. Ouderkirk
  • Patent number: 8998042
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser includes a container having an interior adapted to hold a fluid. An air vent is coupled to the container, and a balloon is disposed in the container and in fluid communication with the air vent to provide selective fluid communication between the interior and an exterior of the container, the balloon movable from an undeployed state to a deployed state, and the balloon in the deployed state having a position in which the balloon establishes fluid communication between the exterior of the container and the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Hague, David J. Holden
  • Publication number: 20150053725
    Abstract: An air-displacing vented dispenser cap for attachment to a dispenser container having a dispenser cap with a liquid dispensing spout outlet and a separate air inlet with a member therebetween defining an air flow passageway to act as a vent for air to enter the inside of the dispenser container on which the dispenser cap would be mounted. By providing an integral air inlet within the dispenser cap, the liquid within the dispenser container can be displaced by air entering the container, such that the flow of egressing liquid will be a smooth flow without the conventional “glug-glug” effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Arun Hingorani
  • Patent number: 8960506
    Abstract: A closure (30) is provided for an opening (32) of a container (31) having a container interior (33) where a product may be stored. The closure (30) includes a base (34) having a deck wall (62) overlaying the opening (32), a pouring spout (64) extending along a longitudinal axis (66) from the deck wall (62) to a pouring lip (68) above the deck wall (62), a dispensing port (70) extending through the deck wall (62) and terminating at a location within the pouring spout (64) below the pouring lip (68) to direct product from the opening (32) to the pouring spout (64), and a vent port (74) spaced laterally from the dispensing port (70) and extending from a first orifice (76) in the deck wall (62) to a second orifice (78) located within the pouring spout (64) below the pouring lip (68).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Stacy L. Beilke, John M. Wisniewski, David VandenBerg
  • Patent number: 8944297
    Abstract: A sealable pourer for mounting on a bottle. The sealable pourer includes a cap to ensure that the pouring nozzle and air tube outlet are sealed, or otherwise closed, when in a first position of the cap and allow free flow of the liquid content of the bottle when in a second position. In one embodiment, the cap is rotated about a symmetry axis of the nozzle to achieve sealing of both the air passage and the pouring nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Agam Innovations Ltd.
    Inventors: Or Agassi, Reuven Marko
  • Patent number: 8910835
    Abstract: A fuel container includes a container, a spout, an outlet valve, an air intake valve, and an actuator. The spout is coupled to the container at a bottom end portion of the container. The outlet valve is positioned at the bottom end portion and operable to control fluid flow into the spout. The air intake valve is positioned at a top end portion of the container. The actuator is operable to open both the outlet valve and the air intake valve concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Brad C. Ouderkirk
  • Patent number: 8887968
    Abstract: An apparatus for capping a jar includes a plastic flat plate having a top and a bottom and a depending skirt with internal threadings and a hole in the flat plate. A measured liquor pouring spout inserted through the hole in the plate has a channel for flow of liquid and a cap sized and shaped to cover a liquor bottle with a lower skirt that abuts the top of the flat plate. The spout has a lower stem with a first radial flange under the cap abutting the top of the flat plate and a second radial flange under the cap spaced below the first radial flange. A gasket on the lower stem below the flat plate closes portions of the hole that surround the lower stem and secures the stem in position by fitting between the second radial flange and the bottom of the flat plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Call
  • Publication number: 20140319179
    Abstract: A volumetric displacement preservation system for preserving a volume of flowable substance in a vessel. A fluid exchange structure has a stopper, a head portion, and a fluid exchange valve with a first condition where fluid inlet and exhaust pathways in the fluid exchange structure are simultaneously closed and a second condition where the fluid inlet and exhaust pathways are simultaneously opened by conduit joining portions in the fluid exchange valve. A chamber retains a volume of preservative gas and is connected to the fluid inlet pathway externally to the vessel. The preservative gas can be supplied from the chamber into the vessel through the fluid inlet pathway as liquid is exhausted through the fluid exhaust pathway. The chamber can be replenished from preservative gas displaced from the vessel in a reverse volumetric displacement process or from preservative gas supplied by a preservative gas production canister.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Carlos Fernando Bazoberry
  • Patent number: 8863997
    Abstract: Featured is a delivery nozzle/vent assembly for a portable container including a first section, a second section movable coupled to the first section, a passageway alignment assembly and a valve assembly. The alignment assembly is configured and arranged to align liquid and air lines/passages of the first and second sections when the nozzle is moved to a given position. The valve assembly includes an actuation mechanism that selectively fluidly couples/decouples the aligned liquid and air lines/passages in the first and second sections. When these passages are so fluidly coupled, liquid can flow from the portable container and delivered to a targeted receptacle and air can flow into the container as a volume replacement for the departing liquid. Also featured are a portable container with such a nozzle/vent assembly and methods related thereto. The liquid can be a liquid organic compound such as gasoline, kerosene and diesel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Hickey
  • Patent number: 8820590
    Abstract: A deformable small packaging structure for free-flowing products has a valve-like closure (10) produced by a two-component injection molding process and including a dimensionally stable carrier element (11) and an outer jacket (12) which envelopes the carrier element (11) at least in part and has a flexible squirt-nozzle (16) with slotted openings. The outer jacket (12), in relation to the withdrawn squirt-nozzle (16), has a meander-shaped configuration adjacent to the squirt-nozzle (16). The squirt-nozzle (16), in relation to the withdrawn state, is configured as a pot-shaped recess. The outer jacket (12) has an inner annular flange (17) which engages in a recess of the carrier element (11) and is firmly connected therewith. Further, the outer jacket (12) has adjacent to the inner annular flange (17) a circumferential web (18) which engages in a groove of the carrier element (11) and is also firmly connected therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: BERICAP Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Rainer Krallmann
  • Patent number: 8800826
    Abstract: A normally-closed pour spout is operable to pour fluid from a container to a receptacle. The normally-closed pour spout includes a fluid conduit and a valve. The fluid conduit has proximal and distal ends, with the proximal end being fluidly connectable to the container and the distal end being configured for fluid association with the receptacle. The fluid conduit forms a passageway configured to pass fluid therethrough and fluidly communicate with the container and the receptacle. The valve is operably assembled with the fluid conduit so that the valve controls fluid flow through the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Scepter Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Charlie L. Forbis, Grant Kernan
  • Patent number: 8783512
    Abstract: A dosing spout for liquid containers, and a system for inventory control, verification and accounting for liquids dispensed in smaller doses or portions from larger containers. The device controls flow of a liquid from a container in predetermined dosage size by an air tube that permits flow of liquid through a liquid tube when the container is tilted. After a predetermined time, the air tube is closed, which terminates flow of the liquid through the liquid tube. The time interval during which the air tube is open is correlated with the viscosity of the liquid in the container so that a predetermined dosage is dispensed through the dosing spout. Controls and signaling devices operate the dosing spout, and wireless communications devices and processors record uses of the dosing spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Richard B. Heatherly, Michael Morton, David Nichols-Roy
  • Publication number: 20140190988
    Abstract: Featured is a delivery nozzle/vent assembly for a portable container including a first section, a second section movable coupled to the first section, a passageway alignment assembly and a valve assembly. The alignment assembly is configured and arranged to align liquid and air lines/passages of the first and second sections when the nozzle is moved to a given position. The valve assembly includes an actuation mechanism that selectively fluidly couples/decouples the aligned liquid and air lines/passages in the first and second sections. When these passages are so fluidly coupled, liquid can flow from the portable container and delivered to a targeted receptacle and air can flow into the container as a volume replacement for the departing liquid. Also featured are a portable container with such a nozzle/vent assembly and methods related thereto. The liquid can be a liquid organic compound such as gasoline, kerosene and diesel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: James R. Hickey
  • Patent number: 8757452
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a dispenser for attachment to a liquid container may include one or more of the following features: (a) a tubular valve body of a generally hollow form having a liquid outlet port on one end of the valve body capable of coupling to the liquid container, the valve body further including an air vent opening and a liquid vent opening located on an opposite side of the valve body, (b) an integral lid with the valve body slidingly disposed on the opposite side of the valve body and coupled to be moved between a liquid blocking and a liquid dispensing position, and (c) a liquid seal coupled to the integral lid capable of positioning within a liquid vent opening and an air seal coupled to the integral lid capable of positioning within an air vent opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: David S. Smith America, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Richards, Loren L. Brelje
  • Publication number: 20140131389
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for receiving or dispensing a fluid (39), preferably containing a pharmaceutical, comprising a container that can be collapsed at least in some regions and a closure piece (2). The closure piece (2) comprises a dispensing channel (18) that fluidically connects a dispensing opening (2.1) to a removal opening (21), wherein a dispensing section (18.1) of the dispensing channel (18) communicates with the dispensing opening (2.1) and a removal section (18.2) of the dispensing channel (18) communicates with the removal opening (21). The dispensing channel (18) comprises a valve device (23) having two valve openings (22, 25), which are arranged next to one another on a valve surface (6.1). A first valve opening (25) of said valve device communicates with the dispensing opening (2.1) via the dispensing section (18.1) of the dispensing channel (18) and a second valve opening (22) communicates with the removal opening (21) via the removal section (18.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Ludwig Daniel Weibel
  • Patent number: 8690026
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing valve assembly comprises a housing, a lever, a resilient member, and a seal. The housing defines a fluid dispensing port and a vent opening. The fluid dispensing valve can be operated with a single hand to dispense liquid from a container. Further, upon release of the lever, the fluid dispensing valve automatically returns to a sealed configuration, thereby preventing fluid from leaking out of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: David S. Smith America, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Richards, Loren L. Brelje, Michael Maher
  • Patent number: 8684205
    Abstract: A device that assists with equalizing air pressure within a bottle with the atmospheric air pressure as liquid is being poured from the bottle and includes one or more relatively short air tubes. The air tubes are situated with an upper inlet rim of the air tubes located flush with or relatively near the bottle rim. Whether an insert or integrated into the manufacture of a container, the one or more air tubes that extend partially into the container allow air to pass into the container as the liquid exits the container. The pressure equalizer not only minimizes or prevents the common glugging effect, but it allows liquid from a bottle to be poured smoothly at any angle and orientation. A cap incorporating a detachable pressure equalizer is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Paha Designs, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Meager
  • Publication number: 20140076938
    Abstract: An attachment for communication of fluid from a fluid source. The attachment may include at least one fluid passage permitting fluid flow through the body of the attachment, and at least one valve engaging portion in the body. The valve engaging portion may be configured to open a valve of the fluid source when the attachment is attached to the fluid source or when the attachment is moved towards the fluid source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: FUEL TRANSFER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Bonner, Dennis Goodenow, James Wedderburn
  • Patent number: 8668121
    Abstract: Filling device (1, 101) including a reservoir (3, 103) intended to contain liquid, a valve (4, 104) connected to the reservoir and a spout (20, 120), in which the valve has a shutter (10, 110) and a shutter seat (11), a flow circuit having a liquid inlet adjacent to the shutter seat and a liquid outlet adjacent to the spout, the liquid outlet being located lower than the liquid inlet, and an air intake circuit separate from the flow circuit, in which a pushrod (22, 122) has an upper end adjacent to the shutter. The pushrod includes a first duct (27) and a second duct (28), the air inlet circuit including the first duct, the flow circuit including the second duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Techniplast
    Inventor: Jean-Philippe Lamboux
  • Patent number: 8662358
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser including a container that has an interior adapted to support a fluid. The liquid dispenser includes an air vent that is coupled to the container, and a balloon that is disposed in the container and in fluid communication with the air vent to provide fluid communication between the interior and an exterior of the container. The balloon is movable from an undeployed state to a deployed state in response to a pressure change between the interior and the exterior of the container. The balloon in the undeployed state is incapable of fluid communication between the interior and the exterior of the container, and the balloon in the deployed state has a position in which the balloon establishes fluid communication between the exterior of the container and the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Hague, David J. Holden
  • Patent number: 8662359
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for a gasoline can air vent apparatus. The gasoline can air vent apparatus includes a platform having a platform fuel passage and a platform air channel. A nozzle assembly is in removable-mechanical communication with the platform. The nozzle assembly includes a nozzle assembly air channel substantially aligned with the platform air channel. A nozzle fuel channel extends into the nozzle assembly. A nozzle air channel extends into the nozzle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: James R. Hickey
  • Publication number: 20140021222
    Abstract: A normally-closed pour spout is operable to pour fluid from a container to a receptacle. The normally-closed pour spout includes a fluid conduit and a valve. The fluid conduit has proximal and distal ends, with the proximal end being fluidly connectable to the container and the distal end being configured for fluid association with the receptacle. The fluid conduit forms a passageway configured to pass fluid therethrough and fluidly communicate with the container and the receptacle. The valve is operably assembled with the fluid conduit so that the valve controls fluid flow through the passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: BLITZ U.S.A., INC.
    Inventors: Charlie L. Forbis, Grant Kernan
  • Patent number: 8602273
    Abstract: A safety can includes a receptacle and a valve mechanism connected thereto. The valve mechanism can include a body, a fill cover assembly, a pour valve assembly, and a trigger assembly. The body can include a fill port and a separate pour port. The fill cover assembly can be adapted to selectively move between a closed position to cover the fill port and an open position to allow the receptacle to be filled. The pour valve assembly can be adapted to selectively move between a closed position to cover the pour port and an open position to allow fluid to be poured from the receptacle through the pour port. The trigger assembly can be operated to move the pour valve assembly. The pour valve and the pour port can be disposed along a longitudinal pour axis. The fill port can be disposed in offset relationship to the longitudinal pour axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Justrite Manufacturing Company LLC
    Inventors: Glen A. Carter, Mark T. Goddard
  • Patent number: 8584702
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for draining a liquid. An inner drain body is disposed on a container, with an inner liquid outlet in its lower portion, and an air inlet above and at a radial offset from the inner liquid outlet. An outer drain body is disposed around and below the inner drain body, and is adjustably coupled to the inner drain body. An outer liquid outlet is disposed in the outer drain body. A lower seal is disposed below the inner liquid outlet and between the inner drain body and the outer drain body, engaging a lower sealing surface. An upper seal circumscribes the inner liquid outlet and the air inlet, and is disposed between the inner drain body and the outer drain body, engaging an upper sealing surface that extends further beyond the upper seal than the lower sealing surface extends beyond the lower seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Cummins Filtration IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Wassem Abdalla, Peter K. Herman
  • Patent number: 8573452
    Abstract: A valve having a valve trigger which operates to provide coincident fluidic coupling of a fluid delivery passage and fluid compensation passage to a fluid source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Stroker Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Shane C. Whitcomb, Christopher S. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8561853
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an airtight preservation system of a consumer fluid within a container, and in particular a system for the preservation of said fluid, typically intended for alimentary consumption, from contamination by contact with outside atmosphere, in particular during the phase of delivery. The system according to the present invention is of easy installation, by virtue of a compact structure applicable to any container size and of an operation marked by utmost rationality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Mauro De Mei
  • Patent number: 8561857
    Abstract: Caps and container systems suited to dispensing products like cosmetics. Some of the caps include two portions that can be coupled together and that include a dispensing system that has at least two open positions and at least one closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Mark Kay Inc.
    Inventors: Jenny DeMarco, John Lamie
  • Patent number: 8561858
    Abstract: The pouring spout includes a first tube detachably connectable to a liquid-storage container, a second tube slideably connected to the first tube, and a liquid outlet duct and an air inlet duct. The liquid outlet duct and the air inlet duct can be both selectively opened and closed by a spring-biased valve system. The air inlet duct, when the valve system is moved from a closed position to an opened position, is initially made in fluid communication with the liquid-storage container only either simultaneously with the liquid outlet duct or immediately after the liquid outlet duct is initially made in fluid communication with the liquid-storage container. This arrangement prevents the liquid from filling the air inlet duct when the liquid is poured using the pouring spout. It also minimizes evaporation and permeability of the liquid on internal surfaces inside the pouring spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Le Groupe DSD Inc.
    Inventor: Leandre Vachon
  • Publication number: 20130270305
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a dispenser for attachment to a liquid container may include one or more of the following features: (a) a tubular valve body of a generally hollow form having a liquid outlet port on one end of the valve body capable of coupling to the liquid container, the valve body further including an air vent opening and a liquid vent opening located on an opposite side of the valve body, (b) an integral lid with the valve body slidingly disposed on the opposite side of the valve body and coupled to be moved between a liquid blocking and a liquid dispensing position, and (c) a liquid seal coupled to the integral lid capable of positioning within a liquid vent opening and an air seal coupled to the integral lid capable of positioning within an air vent opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: James L. Richards, Loren L. Brelje
  • Publication number: 20130221032
    Abstract: The present application provides a dispensing system for dispensing a beverage from a container. The dispensing system may include a dispensing valve adapted to be positioned within the container, a dispensing valve receptacle for receiving the dispensing valve, and a dispensing lever connected to the dispensing valve receptacle. Moving the dispensing lever causes the dispensing valve receptacle to rotate the dispensing valve so as to dispense the beverage from the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph T. Norris, John Philip Kalinowsky, Jesse S. Kruska, John Kevin Clay
  • Patent number: 8511492
    Abstract: Described is a bottle having a container which includes a threaded neck and a handle. The threaded neck includes a dispensing opening and a handle opening. The bottle also includes a dispensing closure configured to engage the container. The bottle also includes a child-resistant closure cap which includes a pair of tabs that lock into the latches on the closure base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Judith Webster, Kerry Azelton, Steve James Tomkins, Brandon C. Roy, Christian Krammer, Thomas Hlavacek, Thomas Zauser
  • Publication number: 20130193165
    Abstract: The pouring spout includes a first tube detachably connectable to a liquid-storage container, a second tube slideably connected to the first tube, and a liquid outlet duct and an air inlet duct. The liquid outlet duct and the air inlet duct can be both selectively opened and closed by a spring-biased valve system. The air inlet duct, when the valve system is moved from a closed position to an opened position, is initially made in fluid communication with the liquid-storage container only either simultaneously with the liquid outlet duct or immediately after the liquid outlet duct is initially made in fluid communication with the liquid-storage container. This arrangement prevents the liquid from filling the air inlet duct when the liquid is poured using the pouring spout. It also minimizes evaporation and permeability of the liquid on internal surfaces inside the pouring spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Leandre Vachon
  • Patent number: 8459510
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a dispenser for attachment to a liquid container may include one or more of the following features: (a) a tubular valve body of a generally hollow form having a liquid outlet port on one end of the valve body capable of coupling to the liquid container, the valve body further including an air vent opening and a liquid vent opening located on an opposite side of the valve body, (b) an integral lid with the valve body slidingly disposed on the opposite side of the valve body and coupled to be moved between a liquid blocking and a liquid dispensing position, and (c) a liquid seal coupled to the integral lid capable of positioning within a liquid vent opening and an air seal coupled to the integral lid capable of positioning within an air vent opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: David S. Smith America, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Richards, Loren L. Brelje
  • Patent number: 8459502
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for a vessel comprising a base member engageable with the vessel and a flip top spout member defining a flow channel. The spout member engaged with the base member and pivotable relative to the base member for dispensing fluid from the vessel. The spout member including a rupture membrane and the base member having an actuator for rupturing the rupture membrane during pivoting of the spout member to define a flow opening in the base member in fluid communication with the flow channel and to permit fluid flow through the flow opening. The spout member defining a vent positioned to be in communication with the flow opening when the spout member is pivoted to the flow position to permit air to pass through the vent channel. The rupture member configured to prevent fluid from passing into the vent channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Calibre Closures, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Swanick
  • Patent number: 8453870
    Abstract: A device by a drinking cup (1) comprising a container (2) and a valve element (4), the valve element (4) being provided with, on at least a portion of its free edge portion (12), an abutment (14) for a sealing, actuable gasket (8), and wherein a user's lip is resting against the gasket (8) when the drinking cup (1) is in its operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Anne May Berg, Heidi Berg
  • Publication number: 20130098947
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing valve assembly comprises a housing, a lever, a resilient member, and a seal. The housing defines a fluid dispensing port and a vent opening. The fluid dispensing valve can be operated with a single hand to dispense liquid from a container. Further, upon release of the lever, the fluid dispensing valve automatically returns to a sealed configuration, thereby preventing fluid from leaking out of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: David S. Smith America, Inc., DBA, Worldwide Dispensers
    Inventors: James L. Richards, Loren L. Brelje, Michael Maher
  • Patent number: 8403185
    Abstract: The pouring spout has an inlet tube detachably connectable to a liquid-storage container and an outlet tube slideably connected to the inlet tube. A liquid duct and an air duct are defined into the inlet tube and the outlet tube. A valve system is provided for opening the liquid duct and the air duct when the outlet tube is slideably moved relative to the inlet tube. The liquid duct and the air duct open separately into the liquid-storage container. When pouring, the liquid flows through the liquid duct and air separately enters into the liquid-storage container via the air duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Leandre Vachon
  • Patent number: 8402999
    Abstract: A tap (1) is disclosed for delivering liquids, particularly for delivering high- and medium-density liquids from rigid vessels, comprising: a body (3); stem means (9); and elastic actuating means (11) of the stem 26 means (9); air inlet/outlet means (13, 25, 28) in the body (3) and inside the vessel; valve means (7) for passing air; and non-return valve means (26) placed between the air inlet and outlet means (13, 25, 28) and the vessel interior and adapted to be guided and driven by the pressure difference between outside the tap (1) and inside the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Vitop Moulding S.R.L.
    Inventor: Diego Nini
  • Patent number: 8393487
    Abstract: A three position, selectively openable twist lid for a drinking vessel has separate drinking and venting apertures. The lid has two parts—a base member and a cap member. The base and cap members can be relatively rotated from a first, closed position to a second, open position and to a third, disengaged position in which the cap and base members may be separated for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Michelle J. Pillers, Barry Beyerlein, Robert Freed